Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Huawei P20 lineup is reportedly heading to Canada

The Huawei P20, the P20 Lite, and the P20 Pro aren’t going to launch in the United States due to the intervention of the United States government. But that doesn’t mean the handsets can’t see the light of day in other regions in North America.

Android Central has a report out today that claims that Huawei is bringing the P20, P20 Lite, and P20 Pro to Canadian carriers in mid-May. At the time of publication, Huawei hasn’t confirmed anything just yet, so keep that salt shaker handy just in case.

The three phones will reportedly launch on Bell, Rogers, Telus, Virgin Mobile, Koodo, Videotron, and Fido on May 17. There’s no word on pricing yet, but in Europe the P20 is priced around €680 and the P20 Pro retails for around €900, so if you’re in Canada you can start planning accordingly if any one of these handsets have been on your radar.

If you’re in the U.S. and Huawei was able to launch the P20 series in your neck of the woods, would you pick one up?

source: androidandme
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ZTE: U.S. export ban will ‘severely impact’ survival

ZTE has formally responded to the U.S. export ban on its products, saying that the ban “will severely impact the survival and development of ZTE.” The company goes on to say that it has invested “tremendous resources” and has made “significant progress since 2016,” in regards to its Export Control Compliance program. The company cites its self-identification of the issues, its action taken against employees who engaged in illegal activities, and its hiring of a U.S. law firm to conduct an independent investigation into ZTE’s export controls.

Four days ago, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued a ban on American companies selling their parts to ZTE. The ban came about because ZTE illegally shipped U.S. equipment to Iran and North Korea. ZTE agreed to fire four employees and and deny bonuses to those involved in the illegal activities. While four employees were fired, 35 remained employed by ZTE and were given bonuses.

As part of the terms it negotiated in the initial court case, ZTE is now unable to export equipment from U.S. companies for seven years. Additionally, Google is in talks with ZTE over the company’s maintenance of its Android license.

Now that the ban is in place, ZTE is threatening judicial measures to protect its company. It remains to be seen if the company will be able to modify or overturn the ban. Stay tuned for updates as this legal matter continues to unfold.

source: androidandme
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U.S. investigating AT&T and Verizon over eSIM collusion

The U.S. Justice Department has reportedly opened an antitrust investigation into claims that AT&T, Verizon, and the G.S.M.A, a mobile industry standards group, colluded to prevent customers from easily switching wireless carriers using eSIM technology. The investigation began five months after one device maker and one wireless carrier filed complaints of collusion to the Justice Department. In February, the Justice Department requested information from AT&T, Verizon, and the G.S.M.A regarding collusion.

eSIM is a technology that eliminates the need for a physical SIM card, which has traditionally been needed to switch carriers. eSIM allows carriers to switch carriers remotely without the need to purchase a new SIM card. The technology particularly aids customers who travel internationally and frequently switch carriers.

Verizon and AT&T organized a meeting with the G.S.M.A earlier this year, with the goal of gaining the ability to lock phones to their networks, regardless of eSIM. This would make it impossible for customers to switch carriers and runs counter to the purpose of eSIM. Verizon and AT&T control roughly 70 percent of the U.S. wireless market. Both carriers pride themselves on low churn rates (number of customers switching carriers) and it’s unsurprising that they would be looking for a way to maintain barriers to switching.

We’ll keep you updated as this investigation continues.

source: androidandme
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Friday, April 20, 2018

AT&T rolls out improved prepaid plans

AT&T today rolled out some changes to its prepaid plans, and they’re all for the better.

First up, AT&T has ditched its 6GB plan and replaced it with an 8GB plan. The regular price of the 8GB plan is a bit more than the 6GB plan — $50 vs $45 — but if you enroll in autopay, the 8GB plan will cost you the same $40 per month as the 6GB plan.

This plan includes 8GB of high-speed data, unlimited talk and text to Mexico and Canada, and the ability to use your talk, text, and data in Mexico and Canada. Like AT&T’s other prepaid plans, it also includes unlimited talk and text in the U.S.

Also of note is that AT&T is making its $65 unlimited plan cheaper for those that enroll in autopay. Previously this plan would cost $60 per month with autopay, but now it’ll cost $55 per month with autopay. This plan includes unlimited high-speed data but no mobile hotspot or HD video streaming.

Finally, AT&T is improving its top-end unlimited plan. Pricing for this plan remains the same — $85 without autopay, $75 with it — but it now includes 10GB of mobile hotspot usage, up from 6GB.

These new plans are now live on AT&T’s website, so if any of them interest you, you should be able to sign up for ‘em now.

source: androidandme
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Top 10 Android app updates this week: FOX NOW, Expensify

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we’re going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we’ll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Microsoft OneDrive - Version 5.7.0



What’s new in this version:

  • Accidentally delete a bunch of stuff? OneDrive has your back! We’ll let you know when a large number of files are deleted from your OneDrive so you can restore them if you made a mistake.
  • Full Android O compatibility including notification channels and background battery optimizations.


Google Translate - Version 5.18.0


Google Translate

What’s new in this version:

  • Offline translation, including instant camera translation from English, for more languages (Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu).
  • Minor bug fixes. Improved stability.


Google Duo - Version 32.0.193


Google Duo

What’s new in this version:

  • Use your Google Account with your phone number
  • Bug fixes and product improvements


Cake Web Browser – Version 1.0.27

Cake Wb Browser

What’s new in this version:

  • Improvements to app performance!
  • Added an indicator to let you know Ad Blocking is at work!
  • We’ve worked hard and have fixed a lot of bugs. We’ll continue to keep the updates coming!


FOX NOW – Version 3.7.0



What’s new in this version:

  • Introducing a fully redesigned Live TV experience which now enables users to browse through channels while watching Live programming
  • We’ve also added a new 24-hr channel guide, providing up-to-date listings for programming on right now & what’s coming up later in the day across the [11] channels from FOX, Fox Sports, FX Networks & National Geographic
  • Enjoy a free 60 min trial of shows & movies without signing in to your TV provider by using a Preview Pass


Microsoft Translator - Version 3.2.255b


Microsoft Translator

What’s new in this version:

  • Upgraded, neural network-based offline language packs for the following languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai
    Includes the Local feature (in Preview), enabling developers to perform text translation, both online and offline
  • Improvements for Conversation mode
  • Improved default language options
  • “Copy” available for image translation


Amex Mobile - Version 6.3.1



Amex Mobile

What’s new in this version:

  • Apply to add someone to your Account
  • Bug fixes and minor enhancements


Lumosity – Version 2018.04,17



What’s new in this version:

  • Premium Members: Are you a Station Agent, a Dispatcher, or a Conductor? Find out with our updated Train of Thought Insight! This new Insight analyzes millions of game plays to show you the most common pitfalls, and gives suggestions for how to beat them.
  • Devices with Android 4.3 or older will not support this update or future versions of the Lumosity app.


Expensify - Version



What’s new in this version:

  • Bug fixes & UI improvements to pretty up your expense experience.
  • We also updated the UI for creating an expense from your odometer, so you can go that extra mile for your job without worrying about tracking distance!


Amazon Shopping – Version


Amazon Shopping

What’s new in this version:

  • Shop new and exciting products from startups. Just open the menu, go to See All Programs and try Amazon Launchpad


source: androidandme
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Essential Phone gets deeper discount at Amazon

Earlier this week, we saw the Essential Phone get discounted to match the all-time low price that we’d ever seen. Now the phone is even cheaper.

Amazon is running a sale on the unlocked Essential Phone, offering it for the best price we’ve ever seen for a new model. This discount applies only to the Black Moon version of the device, but the Pure White version is still on sale if you’d prefer that version.

The Essential Phone was recently updated to Android 8.1 Oreo, making it one of only a few non-Google phones running Android 8.1. Essential has been pretty speedy with software updates for its device, often pushing security updates days after Google updates its Nexus and Pixel phones, so the Essential Phone is worth considering if software updates are important to you.

To get a closer look at this Essential Phone deal, hit the Amazon link below.

source: androidandme
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AT&T 5G Evolution coverage expands to an additional 117 markets

AT&T has its sights set on launching its 5G network before the end of the year, but before that, it’s building up its 5G Evolution network, which utilizes 4G LTE technologies for faster data speeds.

The big blue network announced almost a year ago that it had launched 5G Evolution service in Austin, TX, and, since then, the network availability has expanded quite a bit. That includes an announcement made recently by AT&T, confirming that it has brought 5G Evolution to 117 new markets across the United States. With the new expansion, 5G Evolution coverage is now available in 141 markets.

AT&T is adding some major cities to the list, with Boston, MA; Los Angeles, CA; Louisville, KY; and San Antonio, TX getting tossed into the mix. AT&T says it plans on covering 500 markets later this year, including Portland, OR and Seattle, WA.

As a refresher, 5G Evolution isn’t proper 5G. It takes advantage of 4G LTE technologies like 256 QAM, carrier aggregation, and 4×4 MIMO to boost download speeds on supported devices. The handsets that support 5G Evolution include the Galaxy S8, S8+, S8 Active, Galaxy S9, S9+, Galaxy Note 8, the Moto Z2 Force Edition, and the LG V30. That list will surely grow as new handsets get announced and AT&T continues to expand 5G Evolution coverage.

Here is the full list of new markets that support 5G Evolution:


  • Anniston
  • Tuscaloosa


  • Anchorage


  • Cleburne
  • Fayetteville
  • Fort Smith
  • Garland
  • Little Rock
  • Pine Bluff


  • Alpine
  • Chico
  • El Dorado
  • Fresno
  • Kings
  • Los Angeles
  • Madera
  • Modesto
  • Mono
  • Oxnard-Ventura
  • Sacramento
  • Salinas-Seaside-Monterey
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Rosa-Petaluma
  • Sierra
  • Stockton
  • Tehama
  • Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa
  • Visalia-Tulare-Porterville
  • Yuba City


  • Bridgeport
  • Hartford


  • Collier
  • Fort Pierce
  • Hardee
  • Melbourne
  • Miami
  • Orlando
  • Pensacola
  • Putnam
  • Sarasota
  • West Palm Beach


  • Atlanta
  • Chattooga
  • Dawson


  • Hawaii


  • Aurora
  • Chicago
  • Joliet


  • Anderson
  • Bloomington
  • Evansville
  • Indianapolis
  • Kokomo
  • Miami
  • Muncie
  • Terre Haute
  • Warren


  • Brown
  • Lawrence
  • Trego
  • Wichita


  • Lexington
  • Louisville
  • Madison
  • Mason
  • Trimble
  • Union


  • Alexandria
  • Baton Rouge
  • Beauregard
  • Claiborne
  • De Soto
  • Houma
  • Iberville
  • Lafayette
  • Lake Charles
  • Monroe

New Orleans

  • St. James
  • Plaquemines
  • West Feliciana


  • Boston


  • Minneapolis


  • Benton
  • Claiborne
  • Leake
  • Jackson


  • St. Joseph


  • Reno
  • Storey


  • Columbus


  • Lawton
  • Oklahoma City
  • Seminole
  • Tulsa


  • Pittsburgh

Puerto Rico

  • Adjuntas
  • Aguadilla
  • Culebra
  • San Juan-Caguas

South Carolina

  • Columbia
  • Greenville
  • Tennessee
  • Hamblen
  • Knoxville
  • Maury
  • Memphis
  • Nashville


  • Abilene
  • Amarillo
  • Atascosa
  • Beaumont
  • Brownsville-Harlingen
  • Burleson
  • Chambers
  • Cherokee
  • Corpus Christi
  • Dallas
  • Edwards
  • El Paso
  • Galveston
  • Houston, TX
  • Killeen
  • Laredo
  • Longview-Marshall
  • Lubbock
  • McAllen-Edinburg-Mission
  • Midland
  • Newton
  • Odessa
  • Reeves
  • San Antonio
  • Sherman-Dension
  • Tyler
  • Victoria
  • Waco
  • Wilson


source: androidandme
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